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Tiger Stripes

Director: Amanda Nell Eu Run Time: 95 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2023 Language: Malay with English subtitles

Starring: Zafreen Zairizal, Deena Ezral, Piqa, Shaheizy Sam

Twelve-year-old Zaffan lives her life with uber-confidence, stealing the daily show at school and being the alpha in her friend group. But when she has her first period, the young girl undergoes physical changes that may or may not be turning her into a monster and cause those around her to make her feel like some kind of freak.

Using body horror, Asian folklore, and a propulsive energy to remix the coming-of-age narrative, first-timer Amanda Nell Eu’s Tiger Stripes cleverly shows how growing up can be a waking nightmare. —Matt Barone